This I Remember (Be Not Denied)

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(I dreamed this song one night – often having dreams of other times & places. The Hunch-backed Child was foremost in my mind when I awoke. His cry “Be Not Denied” seems most certainly related to not allowing the world to deny us our True Nature)

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This I Remember (Be Not Denied)

This I remember just before they dragged me from the bed –
Some unsettling nightmare of theocracy.
Minstrels were falling, singers were losing their heads,
Still the air smelled less of burning flesh than hypocrisy.

This I remember just before they bound me to the stake.
A wild horse reared up & broke through the crowd.
The wind fed the embers & the ground began to quake,
And a hungry hunch-backed child cried out loud:
Be Not Denied! Be Not Denied! Be Not Denied!

“O my dear lady” I heard the captain say,
“Let not the Heart be corrupted or hurt”.
His soldiers burned the village before the light of day –
I myself heard him give the word.

“Nothin’ can harm you now!” someone somewhere yelled,
And I first saw the Messenger in his old woolen coat.
Gently he smiled, the torchlight upon him fell,
Against all orders, he gave us milk from a wild goat.
Be Not Denied! Be Not Denied! Be Not Denied!


The Empress, distracted, mumbled her pardon
While they Danced With Daggers, celebrating her throne.
She couldn’t get her mind off the agony in the garden.
She asked the Viceroy, “What do we do with all these bones?”

The sower of seeds & the blind girl with her concertina
Conspired out behind the constable’s court.
I stumbled in with a doubtful grin & asked her if they’d seen ya.
She gazed so strangely at her broken consort.
She said, “Be Not Denied! Be Not Denied! Be Not Denied!”

This I remember just before the Viceroy spoke –
The Messenger shed that patched holy coat.
Truer than those embers, more sublime than the finest joke,
I danced before that face & I just became the smoke.

People throw their stones, people throw their knives.
You can’t let it burden you in the least.
Just feed them on grace all the days of their lives.
There’s no time to waste, meet me at the Feast!
Be Not Denied! Be Not Denied! Be Not Denied!

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from Barbarian Hymns, released January 1, 2014

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John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall York, Pennsylvania

Voices In The Hall: Songwriter / Poet John Terlazzo on vocals, guitar, Indian harmonium, Kristina Machusick on vocals, flute, recorders & Paul Wegmann on vocals, lead guitars. Together
they have become one moving, breathing creature, offering up a rich array of "Modern Surrealist Gypsy Folk", & described as "Marc Chagall gone aural" and "Leonard Cohen meets Rumi".
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